Kerala is the southern most state of India. The name Keralam is believed to have been origined from the word “kera” and “alam”. Kera means coconut and alam means land or location – Thus it is meant by “The Land Of Coconut Trees”. It was a part of “Thamizhagam” (present Tamil Nadu) which covered the then Chola, Chera and Pandya region. The music, dance and language of Kerala are same to that can be seen in rest of Thamizhagom. The arrival of Vasco da Gama, coming of foreign traders and invation by Portuguese defined a new cultural heritage in its people.
The mother tongue of Kerala is Malayalam and the natives are known as Malayalees. It is believed that Parasurama is the creator of Kerala. He converted a portion of sea into land by throwing his axe.
Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have developed from their folk origins into highly evolved classical dance forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combining the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo and many more music forms have evolved over the centuries in Kerala.
On your arrival at Ernakulam Railway Station or Cochin Airport, you will be transferred to Munnar. On the way, you can visit the spice plantations and Valara or Cheeyappara Falls. On arrival, check in at the hotel in Munnar. Spend the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Munnar where you can visit places such as Mattupetty Dam / Lake, Echo Point, Nursery Garden, Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, which is famous for the exotic Nilgiri Tahr and Photo Point. Later, you can visit South India’s highest peak, Anamudi Peak and Tata Tea Museum. In the evening, get ready to visit spice / tea trailing at Munnar. Stay overnight at the hotel in Munnar.
Early in the morning, drive to Thekkady located in the Cardamom Hills of Kerala. Travel through the spice plantations, mist capped mountains, and open grasslands lined with waterfalls and trekking paths. Check in at the hotel and relax for a while. Later, you can go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Thekkady. Enjoy a boat safari on the Periyar Lake through Periyar Tiger Reserve where you can spot several wildlife in its natural habitat. On the way, you can also visit the Spice Plantation. Take a walk through Kumily Village in the evening and visit the Spice Market. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel in Thekkady.
Travel to reach Kumarakom, a village located on the Vembanadu Lake. This place is known for its swaying palms, backwaters, and floating houseboats. Take a 4-hour drive through the Kerala village and paddy field and check in at the hotel on arrival. Later, go on a Kumarakom village tour where you can visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and backwaters of Kerala. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel in Kumarakom.
Travel to reach Alleppey and upon arrival, check in at Kettuvallam which is a popular Kerala houseboat. Savour the scrumptious lunch on the houseboat and cruise through the lagoons, lakes, canals and rivers. On the way, you can visit the paddy fields in the Kuttanadan region where rice is cultivated below the sea level. Overnight stay is arranged at the houseboat in Alleppey.
Disembark from the houseboat at boat jetty and drive to reach Kovalam. Check in at the hotel on arrival and spend the rest of the day leisurely. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel, in Kovalam.
Visit the Padmanabha Swami Temple and Kovalam Beach in the evening. During your visit to Kovalam, enjoy a glimpse of the backwaters, coconut palms, lush landscapes and beaches. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel, in Kovalam.
Drive to reach Trivandrum Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey.
DAY 1 Cochin- Munnar (130 Km/ 3 Hours 48 min)
DAY 2 Munnar Sightseeing
DAY 3 Munnar – Thekkady (92 km / 2 hours and 58 minutes)
DAY 4 Thekkady – Kumarakom (121 km / 2 hours 35 minutes)
DAY 5 Kumarakom – Alleppey (32.6 km / 57 minutes)
DAY 6 Alleppey – Kovalam (159.1 km / 4 hours 6 minutes)
DAY 7 Trivandrum Sightseeig
DAY 8 Departure from Trivandrum
Munnar Bella Vista Resort / Similar
Thekkady Thekkady Woods / Similar
Kumarkaom Green Fields Resort / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Kovalam Samudratheeram Beach Resort / Similar
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